Upload your wands, Muggles. The next chapter of the Harry Potter universe seeks to enchant spectators and dominate the world box office.
It is expected that "Fantastic beasts: Grindelwald's crimes" will win $ 65 million from more than 3,300 national locations, although industry estimates show that the number could be close to $ 75 million. The highest part of that range would be in line with the opening of "The fantastic beasts and where to find them", the first entry in the "Harry Potter" spinoff series. That film debuted at $ 74 million the same weekend two years ago and then generated $ 234 million in North America and $ 580 million abroad. The second film has a slightly higher budget of $ 200 million, while the first film costs $ 175 million.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the magic films, hopes to see a similar boost at the international box office. The sequel could win up to $ 250 million this weekend by including foreign markets, where the day and date will be launched in almost 48 territories.
"The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second entry in what Warner Bros. claims to be a franchise of five films and is part of the ongoing effort of the studios to extract more wealth from the magical world popularized by the author J.K. Rowling. There were skeptics about how the series of prequels would be compared to Harry Potter, both in box office receipts and in audience reception. "The fantastic beasts and where to find them" got largely positive reviews and became the first film in the great universe of Hogwarts to win an Oscar. Now, the adventures of Dumbledore and Grindelwald will test the magic of the fantasy series. Critics have been tougher this time, qualifying them as 58% mixed on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 74% for the first film. Variety of Andrew Barker described the film as "crowded" and said that "magic is scarce". But this is the Harry Potter universe, after all, and some detractors might have little impact on Potterheads. The controversy surrounding the casting of Johnny Depp (he plays the infamous dark magician Gellert Grindelwald) did not seem to disturb the enthusiasm. Rowling defended the participation of Depp after the accusations of domestic aggression were directed against the actor. Depp went to the casting of himself saying: "he felt bad for J.K. [Rowling] Having to expose all these diverse feelings of the people out there. "
In "Crimes of Grindelwald", Eddie Redmayne returns as a magologist Newt Scamander. While the series of prequels takes place in the 1920s and comes before the adventures of everyone's favorite sorcerer, this installment begins to melt the magical world we know from the "Harry Potter" movies. Jude Law joins the cast as Albus Dumbledore in the days before he was the beloved director of the School of Witchcraft and Sorcery at Hogwarts. In this film, he joins Scamander to take down Grindelwald. The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz and Dan Fogler. Rowling wrote the script and David Yates, who directed several "Harry Potter" films, redirected.
While "Fantastic Beasts" is expected to dominate the national market, two new offers that open in a general launch are aimed at audiences that are not enamored with fantastic events. Fox is launching Steve McQueen's stealing drama "Widows," which is on track to raise between $ 12 million and $ 18 million from more than 3,000 theaters. The movie cost $ 40 million to make and follows a group of women who arrange a caper to pay a crime boss after their criminal husbands are killed in a job that went wrong. The ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo. Since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, "Widows" has received rave reviews, especially for the performance of Davis.
Meanwhile, the Paramount comedy "Instant Family" is considering $ 15 million to $ 20 million when it is released in 3,258 places. The movie to feel good starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne is a married couple who adopts three young children. Sean Anders, known for his work on "We Are the Millers", "Hot Tub Time Machine" and the two films of "Daddy & # 39; s Home", directed the film, which is loosely based on his own experiences.
In limited release, Universal is gaining an advantage in "Green Book," which shows the bait prizes movie in 25 places before it opens wide on November 21. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali co-star in the "Green Book," which won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival. The title gets its name from "The Black Motorist Green Book," a segregation era guide to help African Americans deal with racial discrimination and Jim Crow laws, as establishments they can only find on the road. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the "Green Book" follows a doorman who takes a job as a driver of a famous black pianist while the duo forms a close bond while on the road. Mortensen has been the subject of controversy after he used the word N during a panel discussion that promoted the film (he was pointing out how far society had come in the decades since Jim Crow). Since then he has apologized.
Elsewhere, CBS Films is opening "At Eternity & s Gate" in four locations in New York and Los Angeles. Willem Dafoe plays Vincent van Gogh in the drama about the last days of the life of the impressionist artist.
With "The Grinch" still expected to attract family crowds, the box office should see another strong presentation as multiplexed ready for a busy Thanksgiving framework. Next weekend, "Creed II ", with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone; The Disney animated sequel "Wreck-It Ralph", "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Robin Hood" by Taron Egerton enter theaters.